(Sorry for the radio silence, constant listeners. It’s been a challenging few weeks at Casa Superbug, with a death in the family and the chaos afterward of catching up to the rest of life. But back now, with some interesting stuff planned for later this week.)
Last week was the General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM). This is the conference at which, several years ago, Tara Smith’s team at the University of Iowa first announced they had found MRSA ST398 in pigs in the United States, so it always bears watching for new MRSA news, and this year it didn’t disappoint.
First: I’ve complained persistently because the federal system that monitors antibiotic-resistant bacteria in animals and food, NARMS (National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System) doesn’t include MRSA among the pathogens that it tracks. It is possible that might be changing — because at ASM, a team from the Food and Drug Administration reported the results of a pilot study that looked for MRSA in retail meat in the US and found it.